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NJ Officiant Who is familiar with a Filipino Non-Church wedding

Okk so i am having a hard time trying to figure out how to include Filipino traditions into a wedding that will be held outside of church. I already know that priests arent allowed to perform ceremonies outside of the Catholic church but i still would like to incorporate some traditional Filipino customs (usually done by a Catholic priest) into the ceremony. Please help!!!!

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    dinnamingdinnaming member
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    edited December 2011
    I think most officiants will work with you and/or allow you to create your own ceremony.  Or you could have a friend become a reverend online and they could marry you.


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    edited December 2011
    my problem is that ive never been to a Filipino wedding/ceremony where it was held outside of church so im not really sure what to tell the minister/officiant that im going to book LOL....
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    dinnamingdinnaming member
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    edited December 2011
    Yea, actually, we were going to do the Filipino traditions during our ceremony but I decided against it since it just made things too complicated and I want a short ceremony.  But I think it can be done.
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    edited December 2011
    Contact Bishop George Lucey.  He's incredibly knowledgeable about different cultures, customs, and traditions and he's more than willing to incorporate any of those traditions into a ceremony. 

    He's a former Roman Catholic priest and is now a bishop with the American National Catholic Church (very similar to the Roman Catholic church, but less strict in terms of all of the "rules"... kind of a contemporary Catholic church).  This is information about weddings: http://www.stfrancisnj.org/weddings.html
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    shoegirl41shoegirl41 member
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    edited December 2011
    Hi! I'm a Filipina & got married outside of the Roman Catholic Church & had a outdoor ceremony in a garden at the Valley Regency in Clifton/Montclair Hts. I did not have a mass because I didn't want the ceremony to be too long. But I did include the Filipino traditonal custom. The priest I had was an Italian Catholic priest who was ordained in Rome.  I also had a difficult time finding someone to marry us outside. This priest wasn't too familiar with the Filipino customs so I guided him through it.  We had the Filipino ceremony first with the cord & veil, gold coins brought down by the ring bearers. Then the American ceremony with the lighting of the unity candle & the vows.  I can refer him to you but he was quite expensive: $650 for an hour of his time. I suggest asking your Filipino parents the customs & tell the priest how you want the ceremony to be conducted. I typed a program for the ceremony for my guests & for the priest so he knew step by step the process. I'm happy to help you if you would like. Here's my email address: gbliloia@verizon.net
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    edited December 2011
    peaches: thanks for the recommendation... i will def contact him.

    Shoegirl: $650 is def out of my price range... but thanks at least i know that it CAN be done. Im not alone afterall haha.... thanks
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_new-jersey_nj-officiant-familiar-filipino-non-church-wedding?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:90Discussion:2535eea3-bb57-4f55-b11c-2979e5b65da5Post:6c22aa3c-b1f0-42da-b319-be7f76ab9d1d">Re: NJ Officiant Who is familiar with a Filipino Non-Church wedding</a>:
    [QUOTE]peaches: thanks for the recommendation... i will def contact him. Shoegirl: $650 is def out of my price range... but thanks at least i know that it CAN be done. Im not alone afterall haha.... thanks
    Posted by michellemac14[/QUOTE]
    Sounds good!  FI and I love him, and hopefully you'll feel the same way.  :-)  Keep me posted either way!
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    NJhousewife22NJhousewife22 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_new-jersey_nj-officiant-familiar-filipino-non-church-wedding?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:90Discussion:2535eea3-bb57-4f55-b11c-2979e5b65da5Post:406e6c12-b5af-401c-9641-2bd92056a3f6">Re: NJ Officiant Who is familiar with a Filipino Non-Church wedding</a>:
    [QUOTE]Contact Bishop George Lucey.  He's incredibly knowledgeable about different cultures, customs, and traditions and he's more than willing to incorporate any of those traditions into a ceremony.  He's a former Roman Catholic priest and is now a bishop with the American National Catholic Church (very similar to the Roman Catholic church, but less strict in terms of all of the "rules"... kind of a contemporary Catholic church).  This is information about weddings: <a href="http://www.stfrancisnj.org/weddings.html" rel='nofollow'>http://www.stfrancisnj.org/weddings.html</a>
    Posted by peaches178[/QUOTE]

    We booked him (from Peaches rec) and LOVE him. He definitely was aware of our Filipino customs that we wanted to incorporate and I think he'll even perform ceremonies outside the church.
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    I know this is a few years old, but does the Catholic Church still recognize marriages officiated by Bishop George Lucey?
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